Earlier this week, UMG announced that they will be hosting an online qualifier for their new Semi-Professional League being held for teams that were not able to make it into the MLG one.
The first qualifier will be on Friday, December 19. This will be the first of two online qualifiers to get a chance to make it into the league. After the first qualifier, the top four teams will get a definite spot in Season One as well as a cash prize. December 30 is the second online qualifier and will operate the same way as the first.
The League will consist of twelve teams who will be recognized as Semi-Pro Players officially by UMG. There will be spots in the league given out by two online qualifiers and the upcoming UMG Orlando Event. Each team will play 22 matches over a five week span.
A total of 15 matches per week will be streamed on MLG.tv over the course of the seasons. The top eight teams in league will compete in a double elimination tournament to determine the League Champion.
Some important dates to be acknowledged:
- January 6 – Official announcement of the qualified teams that will compete in Season One.
- January 8 – Teams deadline to submit problem dates. This allows teams to pick days that they will most likely be busy during the five day week in order to schedule better for matches.
- January 9 – Substitute player draft and the schedule will be announced for The League. Teams are only allowed players not already in the MLG Pro League or the UMG League for teams
- January 12 – Matches begin for Season One of The UMG League. Every team will play each other twice with eleven home and away games.
UMG will be providing a guaranteed minimum prize pool of $5,000. There may be opportunities to increase the prize pool, to be determined at a later date. They will also be providing a Team Pass to the next UMG event following Orlando for the top 4 teams and hotel accommodations for the team that comes out on top. Players will also have their statistics tracked by their official Stat Partner, COD Stats.
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